TWC Seminar Special, Speaker Richard Lawford

GESTAR, Morgan State University


Towards a new Water Strategy for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
By Rick (Richard) Lawford
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) are working with the Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations (IGWCO) Community of Practice (CoP) to develop a new GEO Water Strategy. This strategy will guide the development of GEO water-related activities in the post-2015 period. In addition to addressing the needs for new sensors and missions for water cycle and water quality variables, the strategy deals with issues such as data exchange, user interactions, integrated data products, early warning systems for hydrometeorological hazards, interoperability, system integration and capacity building. This talk outlines the needs that are being addressed by the strategy both in terms of the technologies being promoted and the support to research activities aimed at better water management practices. Ample time will be provided for providing feedback on the possible areas where NASA/GSFC experts and activities could contribute to the implementation of this strategy.  
Speaker Biography
Rick (Richard) Lawford is a senior scientist at Morgan State University where he undertakes projects in conjunction with NASA’s Water Applications Programme and participates in international GEO-related activities. He also is a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) consultant where he serves as the Point of Contact/co-Lead for the GEO Water Task, chairs the Science Committee for the Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations Community of Practice and serves as co-chair of the GEO Societal Benefits Implementation Board. In this capacity he is taking the lead in preparing a new GEOSS Water Strategy. He is also an associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and a member of the Science Committee of the Global Water System Project (GWSP) where he leads the Global Catchment Project dealing with water management and the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus.